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Life. Support. Music.

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PBS Premiere: July 7, 2009


In 2004, Jason Crigler's life was taking off. He was one of New York's hottest young guitarists, his new CD was due for release and his wife, Monica, was pregnant with their first child. Then, at a gig in Manhattan, Jason suffered a near-fatal brain hemorrhage. His doctors doubted he would ever emerge from his near-vegetative state. The astonishing journey that followed, documented by friend and filmmaker Eric Daniel Metzgar (The Chances of the World Changing, POV 2007), is a stirring family saga and a portrait of creative struggle in the face of overwhelming tragedy.

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TAGS: brain surgery, family, healthcare, medicine, music

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Film Information

Life. Support. Music. (90 min.)

Premiere Date: July 7, 2009

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Filmmaker: Eric Daniel Metzgar Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Filmmaker Statement | Critical Acclaim | Press Release


Eric Daniel Metzgar
Eric Daniel Metzgar

[W]hen the Criglers asked if I would consider making a documentary about the whole saga, I knew their beautiful optimism amid the heaps of suffering would be the story. Of course, I underestimated the entire thing.”

— Eric Daniel Metzgar, Filmmaker


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Critical Acclaim

If you’re looking for a megadose of inspiration, Jason Crigler may be your man... His unbelievable recovery is chronicled in Life. Support. Music.... Heartrending.”

— David Shiflett,
Bloomberg News

Transcends one's perceptions of medicine, music and even miracles.”

— AJ Schack,

An incredibly moving documentary. Director Eric Daniel Metzgar . . . shows just how powerful love, family and music can become during life’s greatest challenges. I watched the doc last weekend, and I won’t forget it for a long time.”

— Robert Bianco,
USA Today

Jason Crigler's career as a rising musician was changed in an instant when he suffered a brain hemorrhage. His friend, Eric Daniel Metzgar, directed a documentary about Crigler's struggle back into the spotlight.”

— CBS News

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